After all the talk, and scenarios put together to make a trade work, it's Carmelo Anthony that's reportedly holding up the proposed mega-trade between the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets and others. Without Anthony's approval, and willingness to sign an extension with the Nets, the trade is dead in the water, doomed to go nowhere. As of now, the Nuggets star has given no indication he'll sign a contract with the Nets, leaving the deal up in the air.
ESPN's Chris Broussard spoke to sources near Anthony that elaborated on the holdup.
"He has not agreed to go to New Jersey," said the source, who speaks regularly with Anthony. "I have never heard him, in all the times we've talked, say he's willing to go to New Jersey. Not once. Personally, I would be stunned if he went there and signed an extension."
According to Broussard, the teams involved are working with no more than a hypothetical situation, with no indication that Anthony will actually agree to the proposal it it comes to pass.
You can see the problem here. With the amount of players and money changing hands in a trade of this magnitude, the Nets need Anthony to agree to an extension, locking him up long-term. Without it, there's no point putting the deal together, and Anthony stands no chance of landing in New Jersey.
Maybe it is time to bring the New York Knicks into the talks.